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DescriptionEugene Wigner Typed Letter Signed and Edward Teller Signed Photograph. Includes:
Eugene Wigner Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", New York; January 20, 1975. In this introspective letter sent to Dr. David Marcus Wigner, Wigner ruminates on the scale of nuclear energy's practicality. It reads in part, "...Its use should be closely checked to avoid dangers – as should almost all large scale human activity. Whether the affluence which our energy sources support are good or bad for man is a question which you should be more qualified to judge than I am." Smoothed mailing creases.
Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) was a Hungarian American theoretical and mathematical physicist. Friends with Teller from childhood, he worked on the Manhattan Project as well and led a group that designed and produced nuclear reactors that converted uranium into weapons grade plutonium. He was present on December 2, 1942 when Chicago Pile One went critical. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.
Edward Teller Signed Photograph. 7" x 5", glossy, black and white, bordered photograph. Group photograph with Teller the second from right. Signed in blue ink, "Edward Teller." Slightly out of focus with small stain on left side.
Edward Teller (1908-2003) was a Hungarian born American theoretical physicist and one of the fathers of the hydrogen bomb. Teller, along with Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner, helped urge President Roosevelt to develop an atomic bomb program in the United States. He became one of Oppenheimer's first recruits at Los Alamos where he was a group leader in the Theoretical Physics Division in 1943. Teller was present at the detonation of the Gadget in July 1945 during the Trinity Test. He refused to lie on the ground with his back turned as ordered, choosing instead to risk watching the detonation with eye protection. He testified against Oppenheimer at his 1954 security clearance hearing. Teller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 by President George W. Bush.
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